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DUBUQUE HIGH BRIDGE

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DUBUQUE HIGH BRIDGE. A "high bridge" was described at the time of the opening of the DUBUQUE WAGON BRIDGE as:

                       It is a mighty structure of iron and wood, which is a visible
                       example of the wonderful, inventive genius of the human brain,
                       and the possibility of the constructor's art. The highest part
                       stands fifty-six feet above the high water mark...From this
                       dazzling height the great steamers which ply the waters look
                       like tyoy boats afloat, as they pass under your feet. (1)

Another bridge qualifying as a "high bridge" was the RHOMBERG BRIDGE, a toll bridge constructed in 1902.

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Source:

"And We Mean Business," Telegraph Herald, July 4, 1976, p. 41